This Quick Communications Checklist Could Improve Your Work Life

by Ephrat Livni

Speaking freely isn’t easy and it isn’t always wise, particularly at work. Theoretically, people want to communicate. But in reality, exchanging our thoughts can feel dangerous—sometimes with good reason. Researchers from the UK’s Hult International Business School spent two years studying 60 ... Read & React

Scientists Finally Understand Why Deep Breathing Physically Reduces Stress

by Katherine Ellen Foley

Our thoughts and emotions can influence our physical states and vice versa. When we’re stressed, we tend to take short, rapid breaths of air. Conversely, mental health professionals often tell patients with anxiety or depression to take deep breaths as a way of calming down, and yoga ... Read & React

The Many Practical Hurdles to Transforming Government

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

This is not was the first nor is it likely to be the last column prompted by the Trump administration’s plan to reorganize government. There appears to be broad based agreement that it’s needed, especially when it comes to upgrading technology. To repeat the title from a recent column, ... Read & React

The Virtues of Isolation

by Brent Crane

In the ’80s, the Italian journalist and author Tiziano Terzani, after many years of reporting across Asia, holed himself up in a cabin in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. “For a month I had no one to talk to except my dog Baoli,” he wrote in his travelogue A Fortune Teller Told Me. Terzani passed the ... Read & React

What You Need to Know Before You Become a Whistleblower

by Nick Schwellenbach

We all like to think that given the opportunity to blow the whistle on something illegal or immoral, we would do the right thing. But whistleblowing is rarely, if ever, black and white and often entails significant legal, ethical, financial, and personal challenges. Federal employees and ... Read & React

The Big Mistake Most People Make When They Receive Negative Feedback

by Kenneth Savitsky, Jeremy Cone, Jeffrey Rubel and Richard P. Eibach

Nobody enjoys getting negative feedback. When we receive an unflattering performance review from our boss or get turned down by a date, it’s human nature to try to feel better by dismissing the judgment as unreasonable or biased. And so, last month, when a federal judge blocked US president ... Read & React

Boosting America’s Scientific Brain Power

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

President Trump recently signed a bipartisan bill to promote mentoring programs to encourage girls and women to enter the aerospace field. The new law adds to a loosely organized network of continuing federal efforts to boost Americans’ engagement in science, technology, engineering and math ... Read & React

Unless You’re a Superstar, It’s Better to Keep Your Mouth Shut in The Workplace (Even in the NFL)

Colin Kaepernick and teammate Eli Harold kneel in December
by Oliver Staley

Last year, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew headlines for his refusal to stand for the national anthem, a protest against racial injustice in the US. The American football player is now a free agent after spending six years with the San Francisco 49ers, including one where Kaepernick led ... Read & React

Preparing for a Reduction in Force at Your Agency

by Heather White

The Trump administration is proposing steep cuts to non-defense spending. For many agencies, that could mean staffing cuts. The agencies targeted for cuts include the Environmental Protection Agency and the State, Labor and Agriculture departments. For employees in the crosshairs, we offer the ... Read & React

Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

by Andrew Feldman and Benjamin Castleman

If President Trump’s budget blueprint is any indication, most agencies soon will face significant budget cuts. That makes it more important than ever to get the most impact from every program dollar. To do that, agencies will need to use rigorous program evaluation to learn what works and what ... Read & React

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